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How to: Make and Cast Runes

Updated on July 21, 2012

How to Make Runes

If you are going to make your own runes, you want to make sure that you have non-perishable items to inscribe.

You may choose:

  • wood
  • glass
  • metal
  • stone or rock
  • very durable, thick plastic

If you don't mind using perishable items, you may choose many identical items. Such as small pieces of cardboard, paper or cards- of the same size.


When making runes with non-perishable items, you want to have on-hand:

  • *The objects you chose to inscribe
  • Acrylic Paint (choose the color you want)
  • Fine-point paint brush
  • An engraving hand tool (you may find at Home Depot or Lowe's), or if you are using rock you may use an old knife for inscribing (not safe for minors or those of you unable to use sharp objects)

Time to start engraving:

  1. Whatever you choose to engrave, make sure you engrave each object facing and positioned identically. Be sure to engrave very slowly at first, or you might lose control of the engraver and mess up your rune(s).
  2. Use your fine-point brush to paint or fill-in the engravings of the runes
  3. Wait until paint is dry, and you may start casting your runes!


For whichever reasons that you decide to use perishable items for your runes, you want to make sure that you have:

  • Your chosen rune objects (identical or extremely similar in size, shape and texture)
  • Paint, engraver or writing utensil
  • Time & Patience :)

Basically, on this one, be as creative as you want as long as your runes physically feel the same. I do not know what you have chosen to use, so the best I can do is wish you luck!

When you finished making one of each rune, you are ready to cast your runes!

Finishing Your First Rune

After you finish your first rune, you might want to check-off the rune you finished so that you don't make doubles and have to figure out which one you missed later.



Rune Cards

I personally love to make rune cards, just because I feel that it is less confusing. To me, trying to figure out whether a rune landing on its side is in up-right or inverted position, is too confusing and messes up the reading.

The plus side about making rune cards is that you can draw your own pictures or designs on the back of the cards. When you finish that, you can even laminate them, or laminate them with tape!!

Get Comfortable and Have Fun

I hope it doesn't seem like too much work! Always make sure that you feel comfortable before casting your runes. You will have more fun, have a more accurate reading than when you feel all-over-the-place, and you will connect better.

Have fun making your runes and most of all CASTING THEM!


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    • Brandon Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Martin 

      7 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I made runic cards the first time I learned of them because I nothing I could use as runes.

      Just as if I used playing cards or Tarot. Hehe. Thank you again for your kind comments.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      well written piece - thank you

    • Seeker7 profile image

      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fascinating hub and I love runes. But I love the idea of runic cards? I had never thought about that before and yes, it would make a difference to understanding them, especially for a beginner like myself.

      I think there is a lot of work involved, but it would be very enjoyable!

      Loved this hub + voted up!


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